That's a lie. I don't hate scarves. I love scarves. I wear them all the time.
But I don't like knitting them. I don't like knitting the same freaking thing row after row after soul-shattering row (or pattern repeat after pattern repeat). True, they're good mindless knitting, but let's face it, I have the attention span of a cricket. If I'm knitting an accessory, I'm all about the hats or mittens--at least then, there's some shaping or a thumb gusset or SOMETHING to keep my attention.
Anyway. So the point of all this is that I'm making a scarf. I wanted something long and soft and warm--I thought it rather a shame that the only hand-knit scarf I have is That Damn Orange Scarf, of which we will not speak right now except to say that it is orange and enormous and I hate it.
I had a skein of the blue/green/purple handdyed left (see previous post), but I was sort of sick of it. I also had a skein of sort of coral-colored Lamb's Pride worsted (the same base yarn as the other handdyed and evidently my drug of choice) lying around, so I made some little mini-skeins (tiny, like seriously ten yards) and whipped out a couple of swatches:
Clockwise from top left: swatch for Giant Project, which I will discuss later; practicing some lace; two different swatches for the scarf, and an experiment for a felted puppy collar. (The last was rejected because the puppy evidently would rather thrash around in distress and frantically claw at his neck than wear a collar.)
Because of the pinky-salmony-coral base color of the undyed skein, I figured some kind of warm colors would be good. I also had, at my disposal, some red, yellow, and blue food coloring and not much else, so I made one swatch that was half red, half purple (from the blue food coloring on pink yarn) and one that was half red, half orange (yellow coloring) (I am awfully inventive sometimes. It's because I'm broke).
Anyway, after dying, drying, and swatching, I decided that the red/orange combo was a little too childish, and came up with this:
Feather and fan pattern, two repeats of an 18-st pattern repeat. I'm alternating two rows each of the two different colors, and I think it's going to come out pretty OK. I like my scarves long, which of course is going to make this project even more mindnumbingly boring when I get tired of it and still have three feet to go, but I figure I'll just go until I run out of yarn and call it good.
I like it!